Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Will Wilson, Apr 27, 2011.
Minny would ve lost there too but it stays unfair. Thats right.
You're right - excellent point - thanks.
Hey, please post an update for your favorite Big Ten team. Mine is The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, defending Big Ten Champs (shared).
Minnesota lost three key seniors including two time All America Leandro Toledo. They do return two top sophomores and have two excellent recruits coming in with a third one coming in January. The Gophers will be strong at the first three spots but their success will hinge on how good the freshmen recruits can hold up the back of the lineup.
How about the rest of the Big Ten?
Gopher tandem of Corwin and Spec captured the central ITA doubles title. Nebraska had a good showing with one of their new recruits advancing far in the singles draw.
Indiana swept the singles and doubles at the Knoxville ITA. Monette in singles then Monette and Bednarczyk in doubles.
Always a fan of Minnesota, but I'm skeptical of this year. Spec was fantastic at two last year, but has some big shoes to fill as does everybody else as the entire lineup is shifted up and the bottom spots are up in the air.
Indiana appears to be improving given their success at regionals. I could see them actually, in my eyes, deserving the high ranking they achieved last year.
Illinois has a top tier starting 3 lineup, but their bottom 3 will really have to step it up this year or they will not compete with the top teams.
I see Ohio State as the clear favorite this year given their depth. I think they match up with Illinois at the top three and have them beat in the lower end.
Zieba had a surprise performance last year and the rest of Northwestern's team is about as strong as last year or even moreso due to extra experience.
The team I'm most excited for, however, is UM. It's Steinberg's second year, a lot of the freshmen last year were starters, Malik is eligible (I believe), and they have a promising new freshmen class. I see them having a vast improvement over last year.
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